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Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto & Aiden Andrews | V72 Fall Preview 2011 by Damien Neva

V72, the self-described “Transformation Issue,” takes metamorphosis as its theme. To that end the Fall Preview 2011 issue is chock full of change, rebirth, and renewal courtesy of a like themed letter on page 24, a beauty makeover subscription card, and a Penélope Cruz cover story by Mert & Marcus. Mr. V loves him some Penélope! There is also a lovely 30th birthday greeting to Michael Kors on pages 80-81 that features Ford’s Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto, and Ford Men’s Aiden Andrews. When isn’t the perennially young designer who turns 52 next month not celebrating his 30th? Truly. But, alas it is his label is celebrating its pearl anniversary and with a classy Fall 2011 collection. “No matter what we do, no matter what changes in the world, every woman I know wants to look taller and thinner and sexier,” Kors explains. “That’s never gonna change.” No doubt Aiden aspires to the same. All the same, Michael Kors, happy birthday on what is the big 3-0.

Purchase your very own limited edition V72 blinking lenticular cover by clicking here.

Credits include: Publication, V72 Fall Preview 2011; Title, “Happy Birthday, Michael Kors!”; Photography, Terry Tsiolis; Styling, Jay Massacret; Hair, Esther Langham at Art + Commerce; Makeup, Yadim at Tim Howard Management using MAC Cosmetics; Manicure, Gina Viviano at ArtistsbyTimothyPriano.com; Digital capturing, Alex Verron at Milk Digital; Photography assistance, David Schultze, Sam Rock; Styling assistance, Olivia Kozlowski; Hair assistance, Charles McNair, Marcos Diaz; Makeup assistance, Paul Otero, Misuzu Miyake; Casting direction, Michelle Lee at KCD Inc.; Casting assistance, Kristina Kim; Location, Splashlight; Retouching, Dtouch.

Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto & Aiden Andrews | V72 Fall Preview 2011(Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto & Aiden Andrews | V72 Fall Preview 2011(Photography: Terry Tsiolis)



Chanel Fall 2011 Couture by Damien Neva

Ford’s Julia Nobis, Tao Okamoto, Karmen Pedaru, and Sigrid Agren featured for the Chanel fall 2011 couture collection by Karl Lagerfeld late Tuesday evening at Grand Palais in Paris.

Please visit Vogue.co.uk to read a review and see the entire Chanel fall 2011 couture collection.

Julia Nobis | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Julia Nobis | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Tao Okamoto | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Tao Okamoto | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Sigrid Agren | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Sigrid Agren | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Karmen Pedaru | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Karmen Pedaru | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Sigrid Agren | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Sigrid Agren | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Julia Nobis | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Julia Nobis | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Tao Okamoto | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)

Tao Okamoto | Chanel Fall 2011 Couture (Photography: GoRunway)



Tao Okamoto Announces Save Japan! Benefit Bazaar by Damien Neva
19 May 2011, 10:32
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Two months ago Ford’s Tao Okamoto wrote a heartfelt letter to the world in the wake of the devastation to Japan precipitated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 11 March. At the time of writing the letter Tao was still searching for ideas on how to aid the recovery effort and this week finally has announced it. In collaboration with SAVE JAPAN! and a handful of Japanese professionals Tao will host a benefit bazaar on Sunday, 29 May from 1200-1800 EDT at Saturdays Surf NYC at 31 Crosby Street in Soho. This is no ordinary bazaar à la church basement, however as previously owned fashion goods by industry insiders (including models) will be for sale. It won’t be unlike a sample sale, but with the key difference being the clothing and accessories for sale will come from model closets instead of showroom shelves. Now that is aura that simply cannot be synthesized and in the service of Japan surely will prove priceless.

Please visit Models.com to read full details on how to donate and participate in this extraordinary event to benefit Japan.

Tao Okamoto announces Save Japan! benefit bazaar, 21 May 2011 (Photography: c/o Tao Okamoto)

Tao Okamoto announces Save Japan! benefit bazaar, 21 May 2011 (Photography: c/o Tao Okamoto)



Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 by Damien Neva

On Friday I turned attention Ming Xi‘s haute couture story by Nick Knight that features in V71 Summer 2011, but this morning I have another editorial in mind from the very same issue. Ford’s Tao Okamoto opens a Terry Tsiolis story titled “Girls on Top” on page 112 and thus bolsters the Asian quotient of the self-described “Asian Issue” with that three-headed figure on its cover. “The Lindas and Kates of the ’90s have morphed into the Liu Wens and Fei Feis of today,” declares the article, “Meet the four Asian supermodels laying the fashion world at their feet.” And meet we do starting with Tao Okamoto wearing a Jay Massacret-styled look comprised of a Hugo top and a David Yurman bangle that is complemented by NARS Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow in wing and Duo Eyeshadow in pandora on the eyes and Bumble and bumble Gellac on the hair. For Tao’s second look she wears a knit dress by Stefanel, Mania Mania choker, and Laurence Dacade heels. On eyes and lips Tao wears NARS Cosmetics Eyeshadow in nightlife and Lipstick in belle de jour. With these two looks it isn’t difficult to see why Tao Okamoto most certainly is a girl on top.

Credits include: Publication, V71 Summer 2011; Title, “Girls on Top”; Photography, Terry Tsiolis; Styling, Jay Massacret; Hair, Esther Langham at Art + Commerce; Makeup, Yadim using NARS Cosmetics; Manicure, Gina Viviano, Tatyana Molot both at Artists by Timothy Priano; Photography assistance, David Schulze, Sam Rock, Sam Crawford, Murray Hall, Paola Ambrosi de Magistris; Styling assistance, Olivia Kozlowski; Hair assistance, Charles McNair, Marcos Diaz; Makeup assistance, Raul Otero, Misuzu Miyake; Digital capturing, Alex Verron, David Damico both at Milk Digital; Casting, Michelle Lee at KCD; Casting assistance, Kristina Kim; Production assistance, Fauve Iannizzi; Location, Root (Brooklyn); Retouching, Dtouch; Special thanks, Splashlight.

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)

Tao Okamoto | V71 Summer 2011 (Photography: Terry Tsiolis)



Ming Xi, Hyoni Kang & Tao Okamoto | Vogue China March 2011 by Damien Neva

Strictly speaking, this page flies in the face of chronology. I am not bothered in the slighted by the fact that Monday I posted a Vogue China story from the April issue and today I am returning to the March issue. The sheer volume of editorials coursing through the agency necessitates a modicum of temporal flexibility. So long as that gefauxlogical formation of periodicals on the surface of my desk is called Magazine Mountain and not Magazine Mesa, then, well…oh, you get the point. Labored metaphors aside, I would like to revisit Vogue China March 2011 as it has a story well worth mentioning — “Glamour Returns” by photographer Max Vadukul featuring Ming Xi, Hyoni Kang, and Tao Okamoto.

With each successive $30 issue purchased, I am more impressed by Vogue China and its knack for drawing exceptional creatives to its many, many pages and none more so than for what has become the requisite magazine story of the season. Yes, I’m talking about the “Tom Ford story.” Since making a triumphal return to womenswear having spent six years in its wilderness, Tom Ford has done the editorial rounds of every major publication including a guest editorial spot for Vogue Paris. For this feature in Vogue China, Ming, Hyoni, and Tao hasten glamour’s return by modeling looks from the collection privately shown last September in New York. Silver paillette jacket…leopard-print suit with plunge-neck blouse…black leather jacket with with exaggerated gold zipper…glamour in other words, the variety to which I don’t mind making a return.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue China March 2011; Title, “Glamour Returns”; Photography, Max Vadukul; Fashion editor, Nicoletta Santoro; Hair, Peter Gray using L’Oreal Kérastase; Makeup, Chris Colbeck for MAC Cosmetics at Art Department; Manicure, Roseanne Singleton at Art Department; Production, Honey Productions.

Ming Xi | Vogue China March 2011 (Photography: Max Vadukul)

Ming Xi | Vogue China March 2011 (Photography: Max Vadukul)

Hyoni Kang | Vogue China March 2011 (Photography: Max Vadukul)

Hyoni Kang | Vogue China March 2011 (Photography: Max Vadukul)

Tao Okamoto | Vogue China March 2011 (Photography: Max Vadukul)

Tao Okamoto | Vogue China March 2011 (Photography: Max Vadukul)



Alana Zimmer to Brunch for Japan 26 Mar. 2011 by Damien Neva
23 March 2011, 13:13
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On Monday Tao Okamoto shared her thoughts on the devastation that has befallen Japan since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami of Friday, 11 March. Tao’s words certainly resonated with this page’s readership as well as her fellow model colleagues including Ford’s Alana Zimmer. This Saturday between 11 AM-4:30 PM Alana Zimmer and Britt Maren of Women will host a brunch to benefit the Japan Society‘s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund at the Fat Radish at 17 Orchard Street. The brunch will include food, live music, street art, and an auction for designer clothing and skincare products. Tickets are $100 and space is limited to 150 slots, so please RSVP caroline@thefatradishnyc.com before it is too late.

Alana Zimmer to Brunch for Japan 26 Mar. 2011

Alana Zimmer to Brunch for Japan 26 Mar. 2011



On Behalf of Tao Okamoto… by Damien Neva
21 March 2011, 10:21
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Late Friday scans of these handwritten messages in English and Japanese from Tao Okamoto arrived in my inbox. Tao’s message could not have been any more poignant given the grave misfortune that has befallen her native Japan in the wake of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami of Friday, 11 March. The ongoing problems with the Fukushima nuclear plant have only exacerbated an already precarious situation. At present Tao is considering her next steps in aiding the recovery effort and would like you to do the same as the need for help is very real and urgent. Without further ado, I share with you an English transcription of Tao Okamoto’s message as well as scans of both letters.

Friends of the world,

When the quake happened I was in Tokyo with my family. We are very used to having earthquakes but I never felt I could die from that.

We turned on the TV and saw [a] much worse, horrible story. We couldn’t believe what was happening not so far from our city. 6900 people died and still missing [are] a million people. And then the nuclear power problem…we are still in fear.

I came back to New York for work obligation but was so sorry for leaving there. But I am now safe here in my New York Home and what I realized here was so many people from all over the world are worrying about us, feeling sorry for us…and that made [me feel] encouraged.

Everybody is donating to Japan. I am searching for ideas [for] what I can do from here, New York.

I want to tell Japan that a lot of people in the world are encouraging us and helping us. We are not alone. So I’d like to ask [for] your help to express the feeling & [so that] we can do something together.

I’d wish to keep in contact with you & share when my dream is organized & planned. It will be a long recovery after the TV cameras & world reporters leave and I want to continue the help. I look forward to our collaboration.

3.18.2011
Tao Okamoto

Tao Okamoto's Letter to the World in English (18 March 2011)

Tao Okamoto's Letter to the World in English (18 March 2011)

Tao Okamoto's Letter to the World in Japanese (18 March 2011)

Tao Okamoto's Letter to the World in Japanese (18 March 2011)




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